In order to continue to turn on the light at the historic Cedar Keys light station on Seahorse Key, Federal law requires that the Fish and Wildlife Service determine if that would be appropriate and if it would be compatible with the mission of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.
Below are a Press Release from the Refuge and draft "Compatible Use Determination." Refuge Manager Andrew Gude would welcome all comments from the public about the Determination. Please send comments by December 16, 2019.
Using drones to gather high-resolution LiDAR data, research identified evidence of a rare pre-Columbian bead-making settlement the Lower Suwannee Refuge's Raleigh Island, off the shore near Shell Mound. Friends member and University of Florida professor Dr. Ken Sassaman, his doctoral student Terry Barbour, additional graduate students, and FWS archaeologist Rick Kanaski published their study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences It is receiving widespread media attention.
The US Fish and Wildlife website highlighted the story with the headline -- "A Refuge Gives Up Its Secret".
Tampa Bay Times headlined, "Archaeologists with drone find bead-making settlements"
The Guardian says "Drone-mounted lasers reveal ancient settlement off Florida coast"
Smithsonian says "Using Drone-Mounted Lasers, Scientists Find Ancient Bead-Making, Island-Dwelling Community in Florida"
popular Archaeology says "Bead-making complex off the Florida coast"
Ancient Origins says "Unprecedented Find of Shell-Enclosed Settlement in Florida"
Our own Larry Woodward wrote this feature photo essay, Why I Took These Shots
His article is published on the newly revised FWS website. The FWS launched a new communication strategy to improve the public's user experience with the National Wildlife Refuge System and wildlife conservation. Larry's essay and outstanding photos are a perfect fit for the new campaign.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the headquarters building is closed to visitors. However, staff are working as usual and the Refuge is open for appropriate recreational uses including boating, hiking, fishing, biking, and birding.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For a digital version,
click on the photo below.
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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